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October 15, 2002
Alex tells me that she is reading Martin Amis’ Experience, where he talks about his dental problems.

“Bravely struggling against disease can make for a moving and uplifting memoir,” says one reviewer, “but bravely struggling against toothache is never going to lift you into the pantheon of stoic heroes…”

But as Amis puts it in an interview: “Well, would you be [saying] this if it were some other kind of illness that had dominated my life? The fact that it’s teeth is by the by. It was conceivably a life-threatening illness…”

There are different kinds of deaths. I can empathise.